Feds: AZ man helped student get Islamic State training

NEW YORK (AP) -- An Arizona man has been charged with helping a New York college student get Islamic State training in Syria.

Federal prosecutors said Ahmed Mohammed el Gammal was indicted Thursday. He was arrested Monday in Avondale, Arizona, on a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday in Manhattan.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said Gammal had touted his support for the Islamic State online, attracting the attention of the 24-year-old student.

He said the pair eventually met as Gammal helped the student travel to Syria for military training. The indictment said the student, who was not identified in court papers, left New York for Turkey in January.

Prosecutors say he reported to Gammal in May that everything was going as planned.

A message left with Gammal's lawyer was not immediately returned.


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